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Dan Connolly

Schoop is getting a mini-Davis-reset treatment — it’s worth the attempt

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The most interesting thing that came out of Saturday in the park with the Orioles is that manager Buck Showalter is giving Jonathan Schoop a mini-dose of the Chris Davis Treatment.

It won’t be for eight games, like it was with Davis. But Showalter said he plans to give Schoop some rest – Saturday, likely today and Monday’s team off day – as a way to regroup a little.

“Have a reset, a little shorter version of what we did with Chris,” Showalter said about Schoop. “I’ve thought about it a lot. He’s been struggling for quite a while with very few exceptions. And just hasn’t been able to put together that consistency that he did last year. He’s not the only one. But you keep waiting.”

A reset makes sense. And it also brings to light just how much Schoop has struggled this season.

Most of the attention on this dismal offense has been on Davis, because he has the big contract and the huge strikeout numbers and the paltry average and the meager homer totals.

Schoop, though, might be more disappointing so far this season because of the heights he reached in 2017.

The All Star second baseman was the club’s best player throughout most of last year, hitting .293 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs in 160 games.

This season, he’s batting .197 with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 61 games. All eight homers are solo shots and he has struck out 55 times in 249 at-bats. He hit .144 with a .516 OPS in June, including two hits in 27 at-bats during his last seven games.

This isn’t punishment, Showalter stresses. It’s trying to take pressure off Schoop, an easygoing guy who is listening to everyone while trying to improve his results.

“He’s getting information and suggestions from every angle. Jon’s a guy that’s gonna listen,” Showalter said. “And if you have one swing and one at-bat and you don’t hit a double into left-center field, do you go to something else? I mean, that’s kind of where you’ve got to stay with a process and a plan. That was kind of the thought with Chris.”

Showalter said Schoop is trying to change his season on every swing, and, like many, isn’t fully embracing the process it takes to get back.

“You’ve got to change the way you look at results. If you look up on the scoreboard and you see you’re hitting (.197), that will all take care of itself if you stay in the pitch, the at-bat,” the manager said. “And how do you define a good result? Is it taking a walk? That’s hard to do when you’re trying to hit .290, .300 and you’re hitting .190, OK?”

Schoop’s best friend on the team, shortstop Manny Machado, said he understands how hard it is to deal with continual failure for an extended period. Machado had a rough first half in 2017, but ultimately broke out of it.

‘You feel like (crap). Who doesn’t? Who wouldn’t? It’s a tough situation. I can’t speak for him because I don’t know what he is feeling, but for me, personally, what I felt like was that you’re never going to get out of a hole,” Machado said. “He’s got to try and stay positive, and he has a good group around him. He has his wife and kids, and he kind of get (away from) just baseball. He doesn’t have to just think about baseball the whole time. I think that helps. But, at the same time, we all want him to succeed, we don’t want to see him failing.”

The key, Machado said, is for Schoop to somehow stay positive.

“Once you step on that field, you’ve got to forget everything. You’re not going to be a boss every day. Nobody’s a boss every day, nobody goes 4-for-4 every day. It’s impossible,” Machado said. “We talk about that every day. Keep your head up; 0-for-4 today. Tomorrow may be the day you go 4-for-4.”

Schoop lost nearly a month of the season due to a strained oblique, but he is fully healthy now. Still, his swing hasn’t been nearly as fluid as it was in 2017. It seems like he is off-balanced at times as he attacks a pitch. Showalter said it’s a difference that has been noted.

“Jon had those moments last year, but they were very short and he got right back into it. Hitting is such a timing thing and such a synchronization of a lot of different things. And when you get into a good spot, you wonder how you ever got out. And when you get out of it, you wonder how you are ever gonna get back in.”

Schoop is gonna get a few days off to try to get back in.

It’s worth the attempt. There’s nothing left to lose except more games, and that’s incidental now.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. 54orioles

    July 1, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Look how well it worked for Glen Davis…..ooops I mean Chris Davis

    • 54orioles

      July 1, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Stay away from anyone a Named Davis that comes from Texas

      • Mau

        July 1, 2018 at 8:24 am

        Glenn’s misfortune began, I think, when he got clobbered in the dugout by a foul ball. Can’t put a finger on Chris’ though, unless it’s concentration.

    • 54orioles

      July 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

      I was being my normal sarcastic self

    • Dan Connolly

      July 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      I’m just gonna smile here. I love the interplay.

  2. Osfan73

    July 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Most of this lineup could use the Chris Davis 8 game break to ‘reset’…..if a few games off helps Schoop so be it.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Like a Crash Davis rainout? Cue Los Lobos.

  3. 5brooks5

    July 1, 2018 at 10:28 am

    It’s unreal how bad this team has been, and how they manage to lose a game. I was thinking back to 2012, I think, and how we won all those one run and extra inning games for no possible explanation. Just like this season, only in reverse. Maybe it’s just Karma, thanks my story and I’m sticking to it….. for my sanity if nothing else.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      I decided not to write anything specifically from Saturday’s game. Because there was nothing new to say. Decided just to concentrate on Schoop. It’s that bad at the Yards. Not even Groundhog’s Day because they find new ways to lose.

  4. Orial

    July 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Schoop’s demise,temporarily I hope,really is shocking. It’s mandatory that he regains his lost skills. This Manny moving to SS still ripples thru the roster. Now we have Valancia moving to RF so Beckham can come back to 3rd both playing important roles in yesterday’s 8th inning meltdown(Valencia should have caught Pujols’ double/Beckham confusion on play at 3rd). Next year let’s PLEASE have players playing their correct positions.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Good points. Not good plays.

    • bigdaddydk

      July 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      The whole shuffling of positions has been a mess, but so has the injury bug that’s hit the team. Beckham looked like he was taking to 3B in spring training and the infield seemed somewhat settled, then he and Schoop both went out on the DL. Manny I still say is average defensively at SS and other worldly at 3B. Unfortunately, the insistence that he’s a SS continues, and it’s quite possible we have nobody better to play the position. Sad that many of the problems we have were known earlier, but they’ve been compounded by the injuries and even worse than anticipated play by certain players.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      That’s a salient point, Big Daddy. I don’t think there is anyone better to play SS than Machado.

      • Jbigle1

        July 2, 2018 at 12:36 am

        Well, Beckham certainly graded out much better defensively at SS than Machado has this year.

  5. SIXDAYWAR

    July 1, 2018 at 11:34 am

    But something is happening here and you don’t know what it is

    DO YOU MISTER JONES ?

  6. Birdman

    July 1, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Schoop is having such a bad year at the plate, maybe this is the time to lock him in to an extension at a substantially reduced price? Yes, there is a risk that his career is headed on a downward trajectory like Davis, but if he rebounds to his prior form, a signing now could be a bargain.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      I’d do it in a heartbeat. He’s gonna make $10 million on arbitration anyway. So put a solid offer together now

    • Baltimos687

      July 2, 2018 at 9:58 am

      I’m torn. I feel like outside of last year, he’s always had very poor plate discipline. His career OBP below .300 is also pretty bad. I guess you can offer him something like 3 years/30mil or 4years/40mil? Lock him up during his theoretical prime (age 27-30). I don’t think Schoops skillset will age very well.

      • Jbigle1

        July 2, 2018 at 11:19 am

        There’s really no incentive for Schoop to take a deal that is that low on guarantees. A 3/30 would have little to no upside for him unless you think he is the guy he is now. I think Schoop would want a 3/45 or a 5/65 with an opt out after 3. Guys gonna be making 10 next year so he obviously wants a little more than that. The plate discipline wasn’t really that much better last season either. His walk rate is down almost 1% but his K rate is similar. He’s never going to be a guy who will draw a walk. (See Adam Jones)

  7. Churchton

    July 1, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Really. Davis improved. Hahahaha. What a joke. Do you realize for that 23 mil a year you could have had Stanton for 25 million. Better yet Marsalis for 11. Davis had two years other wise he is a strikeout and rally killer king. He also is streaky. Certainly not close to trout or others. The one true all star is going away because the front office and brainless Anderson sucks

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